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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: River (08/31/06)

TITLE: Down by the river
By Jason Taff


The journey that God took me through, It started on a hazy afternoon, feeling lost and manic ,I jumped on my bike and began pedalling , pedalling very fast trying to release my manic energy that was comsuming me. I was being pulled with a strong feeling in the chest to keep biking down the curvy road and when I got to a sharp turn in the road, there was a path between the corn field and the fence. I got off the bike, the feeling in my chest had now disappeared as if I was at my destination, but still didnt feel at peace, my thoughts were racing, so I ran, I began running through the field like the manic depressive that I was. Not that it's a bad thing, but I was, and begun running and running until I reached the river , I felt at peace now, I got on my knees, thought about God and began playing with the clay, forming shapes with my hands at the egde of the river. I went home. The very next day, returning home after spending a few hours at a friends house, I was walking beside a wheat field one I have walked beside many times now. I looked over and it looked absolutely beautiful, so beautiful , more beautiful than it has ever looked, as if it were calling me in ,saying ,"come in". I followed my instinct and walked about 20 meters into the wheat field, I stopped , lied on my back, finally felt at ease with myself, a bit more than usual. Seeing how I suffer from manic depression and become very tense within myself and often feel like I'm empty and the word soul had alot of meaning to me. I work and pray with my manic depression every day. I prayed while i was in the field and then gazed off into the clouds, I got up, brushed my self off and walked home. Now the very next day I found myself walking beside my Mom pondering to myself why I did those 2 strange out of the ordinary things. I told my mom what i did and she said she didnt know. At this time i was slowly reading the bible and getting my life more into the word so i was becoming a frequent reader of the bible. So I took my fingers and opened up the bible to any random page, I had no desire to learn about somthing in particular ,so i just opened it up , I read what my eyes first layed theres eyes on, and here is what i read. " The lord maketh me lie down in a green pasture. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restore my soul " Psalms 23 verse 2. There it was the answer to all my questions. and it all started down by the river.

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Patrick Oden09/09/06
Your writing has a passion and a rhythm to it which catches me. It feels what the words are saying, if that makes sense, and pulls me along, getting the emotions through the rhythm as much as with the words.

If you can hone this energy, checking sentence structure and punctuation, you'll be a profound writer. It's there. Keep at it!